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ARTICLES ABOUT THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS ARE POSTED DAILY AND
UPDATES ARE ADDED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. GENERAL SPORTS NEWS LINKS ARE
ALSO INCLUDED.


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<font size="4"><u>NEWARK STAR LEDGER</u></font>
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GIANTS' WILL BEATTY SIDELINED BY BACK ISSUES (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_will_beatty_sidelined_b.html)

"The Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants) held a brief organized team
activities session today – the final OTA open to the media – that included only
individual drills, team walk-throughs and 7-on-7 passing drills. In other words,
at no point did the offensive and defensive lines face one another.


Still, there was a notable absence once again in left tackle Will
Beatty, who was not on the field for the workout. Beatty is dealing
with an undisclosed back issue.</p>


“That’s kind of slowed him down. He’s improving every day,” coach Tom
Coughlin said. “I don’t know that he will make the minicamp (next
week), but he’s making good progress.”</p>


Beatty missed the final month-plus of the regular season and all of the
postseason with a detached retina. Now, it’s his back, which flared up in the
week before the game against the Eagles last November (the game in which he
injured his eye).</p>


Coughlin was asked if the back problem is going to be an ongoing issue for
Beatty.</p>


“I hope not, but it’s always a concern,” Coughlin said. “Anybody that has had
a bad back realizes that if you get yourself in trouble it’s very difficult to
get out of trouble in a short amount of time. It’s painful. But he he’s worked
well at it. He’s in every meeting and I’m encouraged by that. He’s not
uncomfortable sitting in his meeting room chair, so he’s making good
progress.”</p>


In the meantime, James Brewer has worked as the first-string
left tackle, though Brewer said he’s also taken reps at right tackle.</p>


* * * *</p>


Today’s dose of bad injury news came early when S Tyler Sash
appeared to strain his hamstring in the first portion of practice.</p>


Sash, a sixth-round pick last year who played in all 20 of the team’s games
as a rookie and was a key contributor on special teams in the playoffs, was
limping very badly both on his way off the field and in the locker room a bit
later. The way he was moving, it was pretty clear he won’t be doing anything for
the rest of the spring. We’ll see if this issue lingers into training camp.</p>


* * * *</p>


As I said, it was a brief practice with no team drills, so we can really only
highlight a few things that happened during 7-on-7s. But first, a rundown of the
injury situation:</p>


--DT Shaun Rogers was not on the field. Coughlin said he’s
been dealing with an elbow issue. Rogers has been participating in meetings.</p>


--CBs Corey Webster (undisclosed), Terrell
Thomas (knee) and Prince Amukamara (foot) all sat out
7-on-7s, as they have for all of the OTAs. Coughlin said Amukamara has only been
cleared to do individual drills. “I was hoping, having him cleared to do
individual, and a couple of other guys, we might be outside on the grass,”
Coughlin said. “But we were in here (in the indoor facility) because of the
weather.”</p>


--Obviously, WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) and TEs Travis
Beckum (knee) and Jake Ballard (knee) were not on
hand. Also, DT Chris Canty (knee) remains out.</p>


--Others limited at least a little bit: DE Justin Tuck
(shoulder), S Kenny Phillips (knee), RB Ahmad
Bradshaw (foot), TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring) WR
Dan DePalma (hip) and CB Antwaun Molden
(hamstring).</p>


--DT Markus Kuhn is sitting out because apparently he
doesn’t have a work visa. Jorge Castillo will have more on that for you on
Tuesday.</p>


* * * *</p>


And now, those highlights I promised:</p>


--WR Ramses Barden was one of a few players Coughlin
mentioned as having stood out during OTAs. He had a nice little practice today,
with a tough catch in traffic on a ball from QB Eli Manning
that LB Keith Rivers was lunging to reach. As I’ve mentioned a
few times, Barden has shown an ability to make such catches. Barden later ran a
good route up the seam to catch a ball from QB David Carr and
would’ve had another catch on a well-run “sail” route had Carr seen him finding
a hole in the zone.</p>


--The other players Coughlin mentioned were: CB Michael Coe,
LB/DE Adrian Tracy and rookie RB David Wilson.
So take that for what it’s worth.</p>


--Nice catch for rookie WR Rueben Randle on an in cut about
10 yards down the field in front of CB Brandon Bing and S
Stevie Brown. Bing later rebounded with a pass defensed when he
peeled off the guy he was covering to jump in front of a receiver running a
short route close by.</p>


--A rare miscommunication between Manning and WR Domenik
Hixon. Manning threw outside; Hixon broke inside. Given both players
are touted for being on point with their assignments, I don’t know which way I’d
lean if I had to guess which one goofed. Based on body language, I’d say
Manning, but that’d be a strict guess.</p>


--RB Da’Rel Scott was lined up out wide (a role the Giants
tried using him in last season) and did a nice job of getting CB Dante
Hughes to turn his hips and head upfield. When Scott planted on the
short hook, he had a good 5 yards and then some of cushion.</p>


--We haven’t seen many deep balls connected in the sessions that have been
open to the media. Today, Carr tried to hit WR Jerrel Jernigan
on one but CB Justin Tryon had good coverage up the field.
Later, Carr overshot WR Brandon Collins but that might’ve been
because Collins had to reroute at the line to get past a decent jam by rookie CB
Jayron Hosley.</p>


--There were two hiccups for Hosley, though: a dropped interception after
nicely slipping underneath WR Isaiah Stanback’s in cut (from QB
Ryan Perrilloux) and what appeared to be a missed assignment on
a short hook over the middle caught by Collins. I was watching LB Jake
Muasau, who seemed to vacate the zone for Collins when he followed TE
Ryan Purvis on a short out, but defensive coordinator
Perry Fewell corrected Hosley. Perhaps both Hosley and Muasau
missed assignments there. Either way, Collins had a big spot to make a
catch.</p>


--Probably the offensive play of the day was Purvis’ coming back to make a
great adjustment and catch on an underthrown pass from Perrilloux up the left
seam. Purvis working back toward the ball allowed him to easily out-jump and
out-position LB Jacquian Williams, whose momentum was taking
him up the field."</p>

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ARBITRATOR RULES NFL COMMISSIONER ROGET GOODELL HAS POWER TO SUSPEND SAINTS OVER BOUNTY PROGRAM (http://www.nj.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/06/arbitrator_rules_nfl_commissio.html)

"An arbitrator has ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to
discipline New Orleans Saints players for their role in a bounty system.


The <a href="http://www.nj.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/05/nflpa_grievance_against_nfl_in.html">NFL
Players Association challenged Goodell's power to impose penalties</a> for what
the league says was a three-year bounty program that targeted specific players.
Stephen Burbank, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, says Goodell has
the power to punish the players under the collective bargaining agreement
reached last August to end the lockout.</p>


Goodell suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the entire 2012 season
and teammate Will Smith for four games. Former Saints defensive end Anthony
Hargrove, now with Green Bay, was suspended for eight games, while linebacker
Scott Fujita, now with Cleveland, was docked three games."
</p>http://www.nj.com/giants/

</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS</font></u>

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giant<div>
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<div><div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>
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BRADY, PATRIOTS PUTTING SUPER BOWL LOSS TO GIANTS IN PAST (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/brady_patriots_ready_past_put_super_BjEcEXznA7QXlD tZDHNUWJ)

"Tom Brady’s last attempt at Super Bowl redemption lasted less than 15
minutes. <div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">


The Patriots quarterback was injured in the first quarter of the 2008
regular-season opener, seven months after the New York Giants beat New England
in the Super Bowl. Now that he’s trying to shake the memory of another Super
Bowl loss to the Giants, Brady is using that season as a lesson. </p>


“I think one thing that my injury taught me a few years ago was how fragile
this game is, and to be able to take the field every week is really a blessing,”
Brady told reporters on Thursday after one of the offseason organized team
activities.
</p>Losing the Super Bowl “is part of learning as a player,” Brady said.
“Hopefully you get a chance to be in that position again. At this point, we try
to move on and you try to look forward to what this season is going to be about.
It’s a different group of players, different coaches, a little different system.
You’re trying to put together a team here that can go out and compete every
single week.” <div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">


Asked if he looks at things differently at 35 than he did at 25, Brady
responded, a little too seriously: “I’m not 35.” </p>


He turns 35 in August. </p>


The Patriots went 16-0 in the 2007 regular season and made it 18-0 in the
playoffs before the Giants came back to win in the Super Bowl with two
fourth-quarter touchdowns, including one by Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds
left. In the first quarter of the first game of the ‘08 regular season, Brady
blew out his knee and was gone for the year. </p>


This February, New England again blew a fourth-quarter lead in the
championship game, this time when Ahmad Bradshaw scored — uncontested — from 6
yards with 57 seconds left. </p>


Brady has already moved on. </p>


“You don’t look back too much on the past and say, ‘What if? What if?’ You’d
drive yourself crazy,” Brady said. “At some point, you have to put it in the
past and move on.” </p>


Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork said the loss has “no effect” on this season.
</p>


“You start back from where you started before, from zero. That’s where I’m at
now,” he said. “You really can’t dwell over spoiled milk. Last year was last
year, that’s how you have to look at it and keep rolling. You have to be a
professional.” </p>


Brady is hoping this season will end better, and the Patriots have stocked
his receiving corps to make it happen. The team signed free agents Donte’
Stallworth, Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney and re-signed Deion Branch and Wes
Welker to go along with Julian Edelman and Chad Ochocinco." </p></div>http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants
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</div></div></div></div></div></div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>
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http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/

<u><font size="4">WALL STREET JOURNAL</font></u>

ARBITRATOR: GOODELL CAN PUNISH SAINTS (http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-sports-nfl.html)

"An arbitrator ruled Monday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority
to discipline New Orleans Saints players for their role in a bounty system.
<p class="shsParagraph2">The NFL Players Association challenged Goodell's power to
impose penalties for what the league says was a three-year bounty program that
targeted specific players. Stephen Burbank, a University of Pennsylvania law
professor, took only five days to determine that Goodell has the power to punish
the players under the collective bargaining agreement reached last August to end
the lockout.</p>
<p class="shsParagraph3">Goodell suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (players.asp?id=6771&amp;fn=Jonathan&amp;ln=Vilma) for
the entire 2012 season and teammate Will Smith (players.asp?id=6777&amp;fn=Will&amp;ln=Smith) for four
games. Former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove (players.asp?id=6850&amp;fn=Anthony&amp;ln=Hargrove),
now with Green Bay, was suspended for eight games, while linebacker Scott Fujita (players.asp?id=6029&amp;fn=Scott&amp;ln=Fujita), now with
Cleveland, was docked three games.</p><p class="shsParagraph4">Those players have appealed the suspensions. And the
players' union said Monday it expects to appeal Burbank's decision because it
believes salary cap violations are involved in the payment. That would give
Burbank the authority to rule on penalizing any players involved.</p>
<p class="shsParagraph5">Burbank did, however, retain temporary jurisdiction on
Hargrove's role and asked Goodell for more information on Hargrove's "alleged
participation."</p>
<p class="shsParagraph6">Burbank "invited the commissioner to clarify the precise
basis for his discipline of Mr. Hargrove who, among other things, was found to
have lied to the league's investigators and obstructed their investigation," the
NFL said in a statement.</p>
<p class="shsParagraph7">The union filed another grievance with a different
arbitrator, Shyam Das, claiming the new CBA prohibits Goodell from punishing
players for any conduct before the CBA was signed. The league's investigation
showed the bounty program ran from 2009-11.</p>
<p class="shsParagraph8">Das has yet to rule on that grievance, which also seeks
to have player appeals heard by Art Shell and Ted Cottrell, who are jointly
appointed by the league and union to review discipline handed out for on-field
conduct.</p>
<p class="shsParagraph9">The league and union have spent plenty of time before
arbitrators and judges this offseason, with two other major cases pending.</p>
<p class="shsParagraph10">Vilma has sued Goodell for defamation in a U.S. District
Court in New Orleans and Goodell has been given until July 5 to respond to the
action.</p><p class="shsParagraph11">The players also have sued the league in U.S. District
Court in Minnesota, claiming the owners colluded in the uncapped 2010 season to
have a secret salary cap. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has said such
collusion could have cost players $1 billion in wages.</p>
<p class="shsParagraph12">That lawsuit stems, in part, from the NFL stripping the
Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys of salary cap room in 2012 and `13. The
Redskins had their cap reduced $36 million over the two years and the Cowboys
lost $10 million in cap space.</p>
<p class="shsParagraph13">Both teams filed a grievance and lost."</p>http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-sports-nfl.html

<u><font size="4">THE NEW YORK TIMES</font></u>

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html">http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
</a>
<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>
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GIANTS' ROOKIE MARCUS KUHN HAS WORK VISA ISSUES (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/04/new-york-giants-rookie-markus-kuhn-has-work-visa-issues/)

"Although <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a> rookie 7th round pick Markus Kuhn signed his contract (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/11/new-york-giants-sign-rookie-dt-markus-kuhn/) about three weeks ago, he
still has not participated in any Organized Team Activities (OTA's).


Jorge Castillo reports that Kuhn, who is a German citizen, still has not received his work visa (https://twitter.com/jorgeccastillo/status/209682102218784768) and can not physically
participate in OTA's until the issue is resolved.</p>


Kuhn expects his work visa any day now; however, the rookie defensive tackle
out of NC State is currently battling for a spot on the 53-man roster, so surely
he wants to get on the field as soon as possible. Luckily for him, the issue
should be resolved within the next few days, which will provide him with ample
opportunity to show the <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a> coaching staff if he is capable of being an effective NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) player.</p>


It had previously been reported that Kuhn was not participating due to a
large gash in his leg sustained after a knife sticking out of a box cut him
while he was moving."
</p>GIANTS' CHRIS CANTY HAS "HIGH EXPECTATIONS" FOR NEW DEFENSIVE TACKLES (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/04/new-york-giants-chris-canty-has-high-expectations-for-new-defensive-tackles/)

"Rocky Bernard and Jimmy Kennedy are no longer with the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants, having been replaced by 11-year veteran <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Shaun Rogers" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/shaun-rogers/" rel="tag nofollow">Shaun
Rogers</a>, rookie <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Markus Kuhn" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/markus-kuhn/" rel="tag nofollow">Markus
Kuhn</a> and the returning Marvin Austin (http://www.giants101.com/tag/marvin-austin/). This personnel shuffle appears, at
least on paper, to significantly bolster the interior defensive line, and the
now tenured <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Chris Canty" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/chris-canty/" rel="tag nofollow">Chris
Canty</a> sure is excited about it.
<blockquote>


“The new guys that we added all have unique skills that they bring to our
group,” Canty said, “more bullets in the gun.”</p></blockquote>


Canty added that he is very "excited" about the group and specifically
singled out Austin, who he said he has "high expectations" for.</p>


Unfortunately for Canty, he will not be available to return to mini-camp
following arthroscopic debridement on his knee in February. However, he fully
expects to be back in time for training camp and at 100% by the time the season
begins.</p>
<blockquote>


“It's good,” Canty said of his knee. “Everything is good. Doing rehab
exercises, strengthening it.”</p></blockquote>


In the interim, all the new additions will see increased reps. For a veteran
like Rogers, that may not be as valuable as it will be for Kuhn and especially
Austin, who missed all of last season with a torn pectoral and all of his senior
season due to a suspension. It will be imperative for him to stay healthy and
get as much practice time as possible."</p>http://www.giants101.com/

<u><font size="4">BIG BLUE VIEW</font></u><span id="entry_flag_counts_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition" class="flag-counts"><span class="light"></span> </span><span id="entry_flag_links_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition"></span>

NY GIANTS' OTA REPORT: OSI RETURNS (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/6/4/3063018/new-york-giants-ota-report-osi-umenyiora-returns?tw_p=twt)

"Osi Umenyiora (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2262/osi-umenyiora)
was among the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) who
hit the practice field today at the Timex Performance Center for the team's
latest OTA. Here is some information gleaned from the twitter accounts of Pat
Traina, Mike Garafolo, Ralph Vacchaino, Ohm Youngmisuk and other Giants beat
writers.
<ul> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px">Umenyiora said the Giants offered him a multi-year deal (https://twitter.com/NotoriousOHM/status/209686422372892673), but be took the one-year
deal so he can explore free agency at the end of the season.</span> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px">Umenyiora told reporters he fired agent Tony
Agnone because he would not sign off on the deal with the Giants, but that he
plans to rehire Agnone.</span> <span style="FONT-SIZE: 12px">Tight end <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34521/martellus-bennett">Martellus
Bennett</a>, in light of the news he is up to 291 pounds, was in no mood to hear
fat jokes. See Ralph Vacchiano's classic tweet below.</span>[/list]
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<span class="fn">Ralph Vacchiano</span> <span class="nickname">@TheBlueScreen</span> </a></div>
<div class="entry-content">
<p class="entry-title">Great moments in sports journalism: Giants TE Martellus
Bennett standing in front of the media in just shorts saying "Do I look fat?" #NYG (https://twitter.com/search/%23NYG)</p></div>
</blockquote></div></div>
<ul> Bennett also told reporters he has bulked up and his pants size has gone down (https://twitter.com/MikeGarafolo/status/209687063895871488), and fired off this one-liner (https://twitter.com/MikeGarafolo/status/209688141882331136): "I'm looking like Atlas, not Professor
Klump." Will Beatty (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71290/will-beatty) has
not been participating in OTAs due to a back injury that may also keep him out
of mini-camp. Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1498/shaun-rogers) is
sitting out with an elbow issue. Pat Traina and I apparently jinxed Tyler Sash. The second-year safety
apparently suffered a hamstring injury (https://twitter.com/Patricia_Traina/status/209689313582129152) Monday morning.[/list]


<font size="2">Much more later when full reports and interview transcripts
become available."
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NY GIANTS' TYLER SASH SHOWING IMPROVEMENT THUS FAR (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/6/4/3062545/new-york-giants-tyler-sash-otas-kenny-phillips-deon-grant)

"I recently listed second-year safety Tyler Sash (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130874/tyler-sash) as
one of my 'Players Under Pressure (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/30/3048722/new-york-giants-players-under-pressure-tyler-sash-chris-horton-janzen-jackson-will-hill-deon-grant)' for the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
entering the 2012 season. Well, good friend Pat Traina of Inside Football has <a href="http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4526" target="_blank">penned an
encouraging post</a> about the work the former sixth-round draft choice has put
in thus far this offseason.



Here is Pat's money quote from Giants
safeties coach Dave Merritt is regards to Sash.</p>


"One thing that Tyler has done is that he's actually taking classroom
(work) a little more seriously," Merritt said. "He is growing up and
understanding that he has to make the calls and the adjustments, so that right
there alone from his rookie year to where he is right now has been a big
improvement. Since he's running with the first team with Phillips down, he's out
there making more coverage adjustments and rotation adjustments than he did last
year."</p>


Here's one from Sash himself.</p>


"I feel better moving around," he said of his showing thus far this
spring, adding that his improved understanding of the defense has also
contributed this being able to play faster.</p>


"Last year, I don't think I understood all the run fits and gaps systems
when an extra safety comes down into the box. With the OTAs, that's something
I've really been concentrating on because that's something that I feel like I
can really help the team with."</p>

NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES" THE CATCH REVISITED EDITION (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/6/4/3062331/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-the-catch-revisited-edition)

"Good morning fellow Giants fans. We are literally barreling through the
off-season, and there are two reminders this morning about how unbelievable our
Super Bowl win was just four months ago tomorrow--a new DVD and a dissection by
former Giants' receiver <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34493/mario-manningham">Mario
Manningham</a> about The Catch II, or whatever you want to call it--I call it
freaking ridiculous and I mean that in a good way. Anyway, here is what is
happening as we're less than two months away from the start of training
camp.....<div class="entry-body">


<a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/giants_super_bowl_xlvi_dvd_wit.html">Giants
Super Bowl XLVI DVD with complete playoff broadcasts on sale Tuesday |
NJ.com</a>
I try to keep this blog as objective and commercial-free as
possible but I know folks have been very anxious about when the Giants' Super
Bowl XLVI DVD with the complete network broadcasts of the playoff games would be
available. I finally have your answer: (this) week. NFL Films and Vivendi
Entertainment have announced "New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants):
Road to XLVI" on DVD ($39.99) and Blu-Ray ($49.99) will go on sale on
Tuesday.</p>


For the record, it's actually about the four playoff games, not just the
Super Bowl.</p>


<a href="http://www.chicoer.com/49ers/ci_20770766/san-francisco-49ers-mario-manningham-breaks-down-his">San
Francisco 49ers: Mario Manningham breaks down his clutch Super Bowl moment -
Chico Enterprise Record</a>
It looks like a high-speed ballet. Manning
gets his left foot down, then drags his right, skimming along the surface as the
ball floats into his fingertips. Watching this scene again, the receiver shows
no emotion. His dissection is clinical. "As soon as the ball touches your hands,
that's when your feet have to freeze," he said. "Your body has to be still and
you have to have control of the ball."</p>


We've all dissected the play too, but not like this. This is a great article
that gives intricate details about just how incredible the play was in real
time. </p>


<a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/osi_umenyiora_has_peace_of_min.html">Osi
Umenyiora has 'peace of mind' after restructuring contract with Giants |
NJ.com</a>
Someone informed of the details of the agreement said it’s
not an extension and only a reworking of the final year of the contract
Umenyiora signed in 2006. The person, who requested anonymity because the team
did not comment on the terms, said the Giants vowed not to place the franchise
tag on Umenyiora next spring.</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>


<a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/fantasy/blog?name=karabell_eric_football&amp;id=7996761&amp;_slug_ =will-victor-cruz-hakeem-nicks-new-york-giants-most-valuable-fantasy-receiver-2012&amp;action=login&amp;appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider .espn.go.com%2ffantasy%2fblog%3fname%3dkar">Will
Victor Cruz or Hakeem Nicks be the New York Giants' most valuable fantasy
receiver in 2012? - Fantasy Football - ESPN</a>
Could two New York
Giants wide receivers really be among the top 10 at the position?</p>


Sorry, you need ESPN Insider to read the full piece, and I don't have
that--but this is an extremely interesting debate. And it's made even more
controversial by the fact of Nicks' foot injury. For that reason I might pick
Cruz before Nicks in my fantasy draft. How about you guys? I'm biased, too,
because I have had Victor on all of my fantasy teams in 2010 and 2011, but in
2012 he's going to be drafted very high and will be harder to nab.</p>


<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/bill-parcells-tom-coughlin-best-coach-ny-giants-history-start-debate-article-1.1088905">Bill
Parcells vs. Tom Coughlin: When it comes to the best coach in NY Giants history,
start the debate - NY Daily News</a>
Bill Parcells is considered the
greatest coach in Giants history and is one of the favorites to be selected for
the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2013. If Tom Coughlin has not completely
closed the gap on Parcells as the best Giants coach of all time, he's at least a
big part of the conversation now that he's tied Parcells with his second Super
Bowl championship.</p>


I still pick Parcells, but not by much at this point.</p>


<a href="http://newrochelle.patch.com/articles/tri-state-quarterback-showdown#photo-10167118">Tri-State
Quarterback Showdown - New Rochelle, NY Patch</a>
In a competition
judged by former New York Giants Phil Simms and Amani Toomer (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2258/amani-toomer)
among others, student athletes from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
competed in passing events, throwing at both targets and to live
receivers.</p>


<a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2012/06/02/3639402/2002-winners.html">Where are
they now? | The 2002 Scholar-Athletes - KansasCity.com</a>
Pharmacy
manager at the downtown Indianapolis Walgreen’s, which served as the New York
Giants’ prescription supplier for the Super Bowl in February. "We knew who was
on antibiotics, and I had to warn my staff not to talk to anyone about which
players were sick," Biss said.</p>


Now that's really interesting. Imagine being the person that has to keep that
a secret so the Patriots (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-england-patriots)
didn't have the information. Imagine Belichick walking into the pharmacy and
casually asking which Giants were on antibiotics. Okay, maybe it's not that
interesting, but it's another slow news day!"</p></div>http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news



<u><font size="4">INSIDE FOOTBALL</font></u>


TYLER SASH IS READY FOR A BIGGER ROLE ON DEFENSE (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4526)

"Giants’ second-year safety Tyler Sash broke from the
defensive huddle and jogged to his position. He leaned forward, full attention
on the quarterback, anticipating the snap of the ball, and making whatever final
adjustments were necessary to make sure his area of responsibility was
ready.


The ball was snapped and Sash pounced, well, like the ’Hawk’ he was in
college. He quickly got into position and knocked the pass from the receiver,
earning praise from defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and
safeties coach David Merritt that was no doubt heard two
counties away.http://insidefootball.com/blog/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif<span id="more-4526"></span></p>


For Sash, it was just another day and another chance to make a play – that
is, after all, his goal as he begins his campaign to win the third safety spot
previously held by Deon Grant.</p>


It has only been four months since Sash last played in an NFL game – he last
contributed on special teams in Super Bowl XLVI. Since returning to the field
for OTAs, he has shown improvements in nearly all aspects of his game,
especially in his understanding of the finer points of the defense.</p>


“I’m at an advantage now going through OTAs where I actually understand why
we’re in certain coverages and certain sets,” he said. “You understand why the
linebackers are here, and why the cornerback is doing this, because we have the
time now where the coaches can sit down and explain things. Last year, we were
kind of in a hurry-up mode in just trying to get everything in.”</p>


By having that better understanding, Sash said he has been able to play
faster this spring, something that Merritt has taken note of as well.</p>


“You look at all these rookies going into their second year that didn’t have
a chance to do the things that we’re doing now because of the lockout,” Merritt
said. “Now, they’re able to get the classroom stuff, slow it down, and
understand the nuts and bolts of what’s going on to where it’s like, ‘Ok, this
is what we’re doing and this is why we’re doing it’”</p>


Merritt also said that Sash has really evolved into a student of the game
this spring, an evolution that he believes will make a significant difference in
the Oskaloosa, Iowa native’s performance this fall.</p>


“One thing that Tyler has done is that he’s actually taking classroom (work)
a little more seriously,” Merritt said. “He is growing up and understanding that
he has to make the calls and the adjustments, so that right there alone from his
rookie year to where he is right now has been a big improvement. Since he’s
running with the first team with Phillips down, he’s out there making more
coverage adjustments and rotation adjustments than he did last year.”</p>


Another goal of Sash’s was to improve his physical conditioning. Although he
came into camp in shape last year, this off-season, Sash sought to cut his body
fat because he wanted to gain a step in his quickness.</p>


In addition to modifying his diet, he put himself through more footwork and
ladder drills to bring his physical quickness up to a level to complement his
mental understanding of his assignments.</p>


“I feel better moving around,” he said of his showing thus far this spring,
adding that his improved understanding of the defense has also contributed this
being able to play faster.</p>


“Last year, I don’t think I understood all the run fits and gaps systems when
an extra safety comes down into the box. With the OTAs, that’s something I’ve
really been concentrating on because that’s something that I feel like I can
really help the team with.”</p>


While Phillips will eventually return to the starting lineup, both Merritt
and Sash think that the former Iowa Hawkeye has as goo a chance as any to win
the third safety spot held by Grant the last two seasons.</p>


“Physically, I think Tyler can do everything Deon did,” said Merritt, who
also offered that Sash is probably a better fit for the box at this point in his
career.</p>


In comparing Sash’s abilities as a box safety to that of Grant’s, Merritt
said, “Overall strength and playing the run, they’re the same. Tyler might be a
little more physical vs. the run than Deon was, to be honest with you.”</p>


In the Giants’ system, the safeties are interchangeable, and it’s in pass
coverage where Merritt thinks Sash might have a bit of a bumpy road.</p>


“When you’re dealing with a guy who’s a 6-5 tight end and you have a guy like
Deon, who was just shy of 6-3, it was easier for him to match up against those
bigger guys. Tyler, who is about 6-0, is probably going to be a little more
tested by quarterbacks who see him trying to cover a bigger receiver.”</p>


Merritt said that Grant, a 12-year NFL veteran, was also more advanced in his
knowledge of the techniques and in breaking in the angles.</p>


But that doesn’t mean that Sash can’t one day get to that same level. In
fact, Merritt praised Sash for how quickly he grasped some of those complex
intricacies last season.</p>


“He surprised me last year when he came in and all of a sudden he was playing
in the middle of the field and he was going right and left and taking proper
angles,” Merritt said of Sash, who in college had 13 interceptions for the
Hawkeyes.</p>


“I feel like I can do a little bit of everything,” Sash said. “Safeties today
have to cover and support the run. In our system, we really don’t have a free or
a strong. One motion can get me into coverage and another can get me down into
run support. I just feel like I can help in all areas.”</p>


While Sash appears to be further ahead in terms of providing run support,
Merritt believes that as he continues to learn the different pass coverages,
Sash will continue to evolve into an all-around safety.</p>


“In college, one of the things that he did was he played more of a quarter
technique. It wasn’t like he was in the box, but he was close enough around the
line of scrimmage that he made a lot of plays against the run. When it came to
the passing game, their scheme allowed him to play and read one guy, and off of
that read, it took him to his second read, and then he could make plays,”
Merritt said.</p>


“In the NFL, we’re not necessarily that simple like, ‘OK, you’re going to
play this technique and really that’s all you’re going to play against the
pass.’ We play multiple techniques, so that’s been the struggle for him. To be
able to go back and forth and play multiple coverages and techniques and
adjustments is hard, but the kid is actually improving in that area.”</p>


In addition to his studying and on-field reps, Sash said the pointers he
received from Grant last year were priceless.</p>


“He’s probably forgotten more football than I’ll ever know,” Sash said of
Grant. “He’s taught me so many things, from reading the outside receiver in
Cover-2 to getting your run pass reads, to when you’re in the box, reading the
guard, tackle, and tight end. He pointed out little things here and there that
help you become a better player.</p>


“He’s seen just about every offense, every offensive set you can imagine, and
one thing that he really instilled in me is if there’s a motion coming, you have
to be read to make the adjustment, make the shift, and just get everyone on the
same page.”</p>


Another lesson Grant taught Sash is the value of being a leader. These days,
Sash can be seen helping his new teammates to understand the defense because he
still remembers how his head was swimming when he was trying to grasp all the
complexities of the system.</p>


“It’s funny because when you’re a new guy coming in, you have a lot to learn
in the playbook,” Sash said. “I remember what it was like to be in that position
last year. So even if they’re not asking, I’m trying to explain to the new guys
exactly what’s going on just because I know exactly how they must be
feeling.”</p>
http://www.insidefootball.com/



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</u>
<u>NYG REPORTER
</u></font>


<a href="http:///">http://nygreporter.com/
</a>


<font size="4"><u>NFL.COM</u></font>


POTENTIAL TRAINING CAMP POSITION BATTLES FOR NEW YORK GIANTS (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/potential_training_camp_position_battles_for_new_y ork_giants/10934678)

"A couple of months removed from their victory in Indianapolis, the New York
Giants still have a lot to prove in the always competitive NFC East, arguably,
the toughest division in the entire league. With training camp a little overtwo
months away, it is never too early to talk position battles. Here are a couple
of key battles in camp you should look out for…


2<sup>nd</sup> String Running Back</p>


Thunder and Lightning 2.0, aka Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, are no
more. Jacobs has since signed with last year’s NFC Championship opponents, the
San Francisco 49ers, which opens up a hole as the backup tailback behind
Bradshaw. Using the last pick in the first round oflast April’s Draft, the
G-Men picked up former Virginia Tech running back David Wilson, a more balanced
halfback. Second year man, Da’Rel Scott had shown promise in last year’s
preseason but only carried the ball five times in the regular season. Veteran
D.J. Ware has been a solid third option at running back for the last three
years. His familiarity with the system and veteran savvy should give him the
upper hand in the battle. Wilson should be the favorite and will prove why the
Giants invested in him with the32<sup>nd</sup> overall pick.</p>


No. 3Wide Receiver</p>


The Giants let go of Super Bowl XLVI hero, Mario Manningham, who took his
talents to San Francisco as well, leaving the slot position open. Hakeem Nicks
and Victor Cruz are arguably the best wide receiver tandem in the league, but
the Giants offense thrives off three wide receiver sets, so it is crucial that
they find a replacement for Manningham in the slot. Domenik Hixon would be an
easy pick here. He has been productive in this system in years past but, coming
off two back to back ACL tears, you have to wonder about his durability issues.
Ramses Barden is a big physical, prototypical receiver that can be a red zone
threat, but he has also had his bout with injuries in his career as well. The
Giants invested their second round pick in Rueben Randle who the coaches and
front office guys have called “NFL Ready,” according to the Bleacher Report. One
would have to think the job is Randle’s to lose.</p>


Middle Linebacker</p>


This is probably one of the more interesting battles of the summer. Chase
Blackburn had been the starter for the majority of last year, including starting
in the Super Bowl and making a game changing interception, covering an injured
Rob Gronkowski. Michael Boley was the second leading tackler on the team and is
the Giants’ Most balanced linebacker. The Giants have also brought in former
first round pick, Keith Rivers from Cincinnati, which makes the battle even more
interesting. Blackburn is more suited as arun stopper, while Boley is more
superior in coverage, which could give him the upside playing against the likes
of Fred Davis, Jason Witten and Brent Celek twice a year. The advantage has to
lie with Boley, whose versatility can keep him on the field longer no matter
what the situation might be."</p>RE-ROUTING THE OFFENSE (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/re_routing_the_offense/10933331)

"The injury to Hakeem Nicks has thrown the Giants fan world into a panic. Despite
the fact that numerous commentators and players have rebounded from the same
injury (broken fifth metatarsal) with no longterm issues, people have instantly
wondered what the Giants are to do. Manningham is out, of course, and Randle is
a rookie. Nobody trusts Ramses Barden less than I do. Still, I believe fans
worry unnecessarily. All signs suggest that Nicks will be back well before the
season opener against Dallas on September 5th. But just to humor the naysayers,
let's assume Nicks does miss some serious time. Suddenly, Victor Cruz appears to
be the only reliable receiver, and he's only had one good year. So what do the
Giants do?

Cruz is a natural in the slot receiver position. Nicks is a
dangerous deep threat. This is where most analysts get sidetracked, wondering
feverishly which of the remaining receivers--Hixon, Barden or Randle--will
replace Nicks on the outside. I venture a different opinion: Victor Cruz will
replace Nicks as the deep threat. Hixon will be the slot receiver. Before his
injury last season, Hixon was the leading favorite to replace Steve Smith in the
slot. He's an excellent route runner with good hands but he is not particularly
effective as a deep threat. But Victor Cruz is. Over the middle is his territory
but he's often grabbed the ball deep on the outside as well. His first touchdown
against Philly last year was a model of an outside receiver: get open, grab the
ball and run like fury. Cruz may be better in the slot but he is better on the
outside than Hixon who slides into the slot quite easily. Then you have your
choice on the other side: Tight end Martellus Bennett, rookie Reuben Randle or
Ramses Barden. Defenses are going to pay attention to Cruz wherever he is, but
leaving Hixon or Randle open is not going to be a good idea either. Look at some
LSU footage if you don't believe me.

I hope Nicks is all right. He is one
dangerous dude--even doubled in the Super Bowl, he came up with ten catches for
over a hundred yards. Our passing attack is going to miss him if he can't make
it back for the opener. But here is just one way the Giants can utilize the
weapons they have (even supposing they do not go out and sign another receiver
between now and then) to make up for it for a few weeks. Then he will be back
and the NFC East will be back on notice."

[/url]
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</a>

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ARBITRATOR REJECTS APPEAL, SANCTIONS FOR BOUNTYGATE IN NFL'S HANDS (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/19255459/arbitrator-rejects-appeal-puts-bountygate-punishment-in-nfls-hands)

"Arbitrator Stephen Burbank on Monday rejected the appeals of four New Orleans Saints (/nfl/teams/page/NO/new-orleans-saints) players, who
were attempting to take NFL-imposed Bountygate suspensions out of comissioner
Roger Goodell's hands, CBSSports.com has learned.


When Goodell suspended the players -- Jonathan Vilma (/nfl/players/playerpage/493101/jonathan-vilma), Scott Fujita (/nfl/players/playerpage/302025/scott-fujita) (now with
Browns), Will Smith (/nfl/players/playerpage/493067/will-smith) and
Anthony Hargrove (/nfl/players/playerpage/492954/anthony-hargrove)
(now with Packers) -- the NFLPA appealed on their behalf, saying discipline in
the case should be under Burbank's jurisdiction. Burbank rejected that notion,
several sources said. An official announcement is expected soon. </p>


This means that Goodell's disciplinary process in the Saints matter will move
forward under NFL jurisdiction."
</p>http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/NYG/new-york-giants



<u><font size="4">SI.COM</font></u>




http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/teams/new-york-giants/?eref=sinav





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OSI UMNENYIORA GLAD TO BE BACK, WOULD RE-SIGN WITH GIANTS (http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/8008583/osi-umenyiora-new-york-giants-glad-back-re-sign-offseason)

"Osi Umenyiora (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/4514/osi-umenyiora) says the <a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants">New York
Giants</a> did not change anything from previous contract offers they pitched to
him, but the defensive end just decided enough was enough and it was time to put
his contract squabble to an end.



Saying that he has no hard feelings over his long contract dispute, Umenyiora
returned to the Giants and joined his teammates on the field during the team's
organized team activities Monday.
</p>


"(This) could have been done a long time ago," Umenyiora said in his first
comments to reporters since agreeing to restructure the final year of his
contract last Friday. "Honestly seeing the way my teammates Kiwi (Mathias Kiwanuka (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/9618/mathias-kiwanuka)) and JP (Jason Pierre-Paul (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13256/jason-pierre-paul)) and Antrel (Rolle) (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8423/antrel-rolle), seeing the way they had my
back, you need to get this done and the way they were talking, it made me
realize it was more important to have teammates like that and be on a team like
this then fighting and haggling over a couple of extra dollars.</p>

"It really wasn't worth for me to go somewhere else," he continued. "This is
my 10th year here and I have had a great time here and I want it to continue and
I feel like something special is being built over here and I just much rather be
here than continue to fight and face all the negativity and criticism over
really what amounted to be nothing."
</p>


The Super Bowl champs were one big happy family again on Monday. As Umenyiora
met with a horde of reporters, Pierre-Paul welcomed Umenyiora back with a shout
in the locker room. Teammates like Kiwanuka, Rolle and Justin Tuck (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8488/justin-tuck) all backed Umenyiora's desire
for a new contract in recent weeks and hoped that the two sides would find a
resolution soon.
</p>


"Very good to have him out there," coach Tom Coughlin said Monday. "There is
never any question about Osi preparation-wise. He is a tremendous studier of the
opponent. He knows exactly what his thoughts are going into the game and how the
game plan fits. He will always do that, but to get back into a football frame of
mind -- and a positive one at that -- it is a very good thing."
</p>


Umenyiora did not get into specifics of his new restructured contract but
confirmed 2012 will remain the final year of his deal. The defensive end made it
clear he holds no grudges toward the Giants and left the door open for the
possibility of re-signing with the Giants after this season.
</p>


The team did not disclose terms of the new deal, but sources said Umenyiora
and the Giants had recently been discussing a raise in his contract from the
scheduled $3.975 million he was going to make in the final year of his deal to
something in the range of $7.5 million for 2012. When asked if the Giants
offered any more money above their original offers made in the past, Umenyiora
replied, "nah, not at all."
</p>


Umenyiora has long sought a new contract to replace the seven-year, $41
million deal he signed in 2005. He wanted a contract extension similar to the
four-year extensions Philadelphia's Trent Cole (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8560/trent-cole) signed worth $48.525 million,
including $15 million guaranteed. Umenyiora also mentioned Indianapolis' Robert Mathis (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/4596/robert-mathis)' recent four-year extension
worth $36 million with $17 million guaranteed as a measuring stick for what he
wanted.</p>

"It just wasn't going to happen," Umenyiora said of his desire for a big
contract extension. "But I understood completely their perspective."
</p>

"If I was them I'd do the same thing," he added. "I mean obviously you have
Tuck, who's the face of the franchise and you have JPP who's a young phenom. I'm
still a very good football player but you can't pay us all that kind of money.
You're gonna hamstring your franchise so I would make the exact same decisions
if I was them, no question."
</p>


Umenyiora said his longtime agent Tony Agnone would not sign off on the
restructured deal so he decided to temporarily part ways with Agnone to come to
the Giants' terms. The defensive end, though, plans to re-hire Agnone for future
contract negotiations.
</p>

Last year, Umenyiora held out the first few weeks at training camp. Agnone
was briefly allowed to seek a trade but no team was willing to offer a
first-round pick in return. Umenyiora returned for three practices before opting
for minor knee surgery after experiencing swelling in his knee.
</p>

Umenyiora apparently was not looking forward to going through another camp
holdout.
</p>

"Last summer was different, what I was looking for last year and what I was
looking for this year are completely different," said Umenyiora. "Things change.
This year there was no way they were going to be able to give me a contract
extension in line of what other people were getting."</p>

Umenyiora had nine sacks in nine regular-season games in 2011 and another 3.5
sacks during New York's run to a Super Bowl title last potseason. Umenyiora, 30,
said there were no promises made by the organization not to use its franchise
tag on him next season, but he won't be upset if that happens.
</p>

Umenyiora said it will not be a problem coming off the bench.
</p>

"Really if it was anybody but JPP and Tuck then it would matter," said
Umenyiora, who took first-team reps at defensive end with Tuck watching from the
sideline to rest his shoulder. "But those are my brothers, man. If they're
starting I don't care. I'll back those guys up happily."
</p>

Umenyiora was asked if he thinks he is worth more than what he will be
playing for this season. The defensive end said all that matters is that he is
happy to be back.
</p>

"Um, it doesn't matter, man," Umenyiora said. "I signed it. I'm here.
Whatever I feel means nothing at this point. I'm happy with it."
</p>

"This is good for me, I'm happy," he continued. "And more importantly, it's
the team I'm on and the guys who I'm playing with. Justin and JPP and Kiwi,
we're all brothers and for all of us to be able to go out and play together is
more important than anything."</p>NOTEBOOK: BEATTY STILL SLOWED BY BACK ISSUE (http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/14412/notebook-beatty-still-slowed-by-back-issue)

"Will Beatty continues to be hampered by a back issue. He was
not out on the field during Monday's OTA.

"He has a bad back," head
coach Tom Coughlin said. "That has kind of slowed him down. He
is improving every day. I don't know that he will make the minicamp. But he is
making good progress."

"I hope not, but it is always a concern,"
Coughlin added when asked if this is an ongoing issue. "Anybody that has had a
bad back realizes that if you get yourself in trouble, it is very difficult to
get out of trouble in a short amount of time. It is painful. But he has worked
well at it. He is in every meeting. And I'm encouraged by that. He is not
uncomfortable sitting in his meeting room chair. So he is making good progress."


James Brewer has seen reps at left tackle with Beatty
out. Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers was also held out due to an
elbow issue according to Coughlin.

BARDEN IMPRESSES:
Wide receiver Ramses Barden knows this is likely a
make-or-break season for him with the Giants, and so far he's making the most of
it. He had a few nice catches Monday and was one of three players Coughlin
mentioned when asked for some young standouts in OTAs thus far.

"I think
there are four or five guys that have flashed that would give you some real good
thoughts about how they performed out here," Coughlin said. "[Cornerback]
Michael Coe had a couple of outstanding plays -- a real good
interception the other day. Ramses Barden has had good flash plays out here.
[Defensive end/linebacker] Adrian Tracy has done the same.
Those would be the guys."

Coughlin also said he was impressed with
first-round pick David Wilson's conditioning and veteran
Ahmad Bradshaw's participation in practice when many expected
him to sit out OTAs.

"A lot of the rookies have -- upon opportunity --
maybe a flash here and a flash there," Coughlin said. "David Wilson, with his
conditioning and his quickness and speed, has been there. I'm encouraged by more
and more guys that have had issues in the past –- like Ahmad, he has practiced a
couple of days. We have him restricted but he will take the first couple or
three plays of a practice and go. And he actually looks good and he appears to
be pretty comfortable."

PRINCE CLEARED FOR INDIVIDUAL:
Cornerback Prince Amukamara has been cleared to participate in
individual work. Last year's first-round pick recently began running on grass
after having an injection in his foot to help it heal this offseason. Amukamara
broke his fifth metatarsal during training camp last summer.

Amukamara
said he awaits clearance to see if he will be able to participate fully in next
week's veteran's minicamp."




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NFL'S TOP MATCHUP-BUSTER WR'S (http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/story?id=7995950&amp;_slug_=nfl-vincent-jackson-mike-wallace-top-matchup-buster-wide-receivers&amp;action=login&amp;appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2fin sider.espn.go.com%2fnfl%2fstory%3fid%3d7995950%26_ slug_%3dnfl-vincent-jackson-mike-wallace-top-matchup-buster-wide-receivers)

Excerpt: "Former MLB manager Billy Martin had a philosophy when it came to evaluating
talent. He said, "You've got your mules, and you've got your race horses, and
you can kick a mule in the *** all you want to and he's not going to be a race
horse."




</p>

The same type of thinking applies when it comes to evaluating NFL wide
receivers. There are many different types of pass-catchers, but in the end the
ability to get open against good competition is skill a player either has or
doesn't have. Players who are blessed with that talent are termed
"matchup-buster" wide receivers.</p>




</p>

So who are the top matchup-buster wide receivers in the NFL?</p>




</p>

One way to find this out is to review how well every wide receiver in the
league did last year when facing cornerbacks who graded out in my <a href="http://www.thefootballscientist.com/kcjoyner/?page_id=71" target="new">2012
Fantasy Football Draft Guide</a> (currently available for pre-order) as having a
red rating (defined as allowing a yards per attempt (YPA) total of less than 7
yards, a mark that signifies they are among the best in the league) or a yellow
rating (meaning they allowed a YPA of 7-9 yards).</p>




</p>

To make this as fair as possible, there is also a qualifying bar of 35
attempts against red- or yellow-rated cornerbacks.</p>




</p>

Using those parameters, here are the top matchup-buster wide receivers in the
NFL.</p>




</p>

True matchup-busters (those who tallied a YPA of 10 yards or higher
against red/yellow-rated cornerbacks)
</p>Victor Cruz (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13553/victor-cruz), <a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants">New York
Giants</a> (10.9 YPA)


Any th

Captain Chaos
06-04-2012, 11:59 AM
Thanks Roanoke!

FroZeNx31x
06-04-2012, 12:19 PM
Wow

RoanokeFan
06-04-2012, 12:23 PM
Thanks Roanoke!

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nygsb42champs
06-04-2012, 02:30 PM
Thanks for all the news RF.

RoanokeFan
06-04-2012, 03:53 PM
Thanks for all the news RF.

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BigBlue1971
06-04-2012, 09:32 PM
thanks Roanoke!</P>


yea, Cruz and Nicks can be top 10 receivers in the league!</P>


nice to hear Barden is taking an interest! he needs more than one good performance tho!</P>

NY_Eli
06-04-2012, 09:38 PM
Thanks RF! [B]

RoanokeFan
06-04-2012, 09:44 PM
thanks Roanoke!</p>


yea, Cruz and Nicks can be top 10 receivers in the league!</p>


nice to hear Barden is taking an interest! he needs more than one good performance tho!</p>

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RoanokeFan
06-04-2012, 09:45 PM
Thanks RF! [B]

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Roswell777
06-04-2012, 09:47 PM
Thanks as always RF

RoanokeFan
06-04-2012, 10:15 PM
Thanks as always RF

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G-Men Surg.
06-05-2012, 12:58 AM
I've been away for some time, very busy at work and this is just what the doctor ordered for catching up ! Great Work RF , THANKS !!!!!

RoanokeFan
06-05-2012, 11:03 AM
I've been away for some time, very busy at work and this is just what the doctor ordered for catching up ! Great Work RF , THANKS !!!!!

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